As the adage goes, the only way out is through. But what does that really mean?
Here’s one take. Let’s start with an idea you have. You receive a spark of inspiration: a project to work on, a business start, a social post to share. The excitement takes hold of you. Your eyes widen and you sit up in your chair. You say yes, I’m going to do this!
Then you get distracted. It’s Friday. Life gets in the way. You say, I’ll work on that Tuesday right after that thing, then I’ll have the time. The weekend comes and you tell a friend about the idea. They aren’t as enthused as you are. They even project some doubt.
Tuesday you wake up in a weird mood. You think about that idea, but your mood clouds your mind, you remember what your friend said and you succumb to doubt. You doubt whether it’s any good, you doubt your ability, you doubt anyone is going to care.
I mean, who are you anyway? You’re not a genius. You’re not a business person, you’re not an “Influencer”. People will just make fun of you.
Yea, you know what... it’s probably not worth your time. Better get back to staying in your comfort zone. Make sure your head’s not poking too far out from the crowd, that way you can stay safe.
Weeks, months, years go by. More sparks of insight come, yet you continue to doubt. Continue to let the ideas pass on...because remember, you’re no genius right?
What if we flipped the script? What if what was dumb was not our ideas, but the fact we don’t believe in them? What if the dumbest thing of all is actually how we’ve been living our entire life?
Krishnamurti put it like this, “It’s no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
Because doubt and small mindedness is where most people stake their camp, we think that’s what we should do. We’re wrong. And it’s costing us our ability to act on trying something new. It’s costing us our ability to live full, vibrant, & creative lives.
Ideas come to us for a reason. When we feel inspired that is a call to action. I love how Elizabeth Gilbert puts it in her book, Big Magic:
“I believe that our planet is inhabited not only by animals and plants and bacteria and viruses, but also by ideas. Ideas are a disembodied, energetic life-form … And the only way an idea can be made manifest in our world is through collaboration with a human partner.”
How many ideas have came to you & you let pass?
Luckily, if we have our breath, we have the time. We are the faucet, not the water. We must separate our small mindedness and let the dis-embodied ideas move through us.
I’m not saying they're all going to be world changing. They’re not. Some will suck. Some won’t even be worth trying. But letting inspiration out is a muscle that we build. A genius is someone who has tried so many bad ideas that they finally land on a great one.
Everyone has ideas. If only we can learn to trust that it’s not by mistake, we’ll be an example for others to trust as well. Belief is contagious.
Recently I was shown the magic of what happens when we let what wants to come through, out. I shared my Poem, “Greatness is a Whisper” on Insight Timer. It was the first poem I shared, and I was hesitant people would not like me putting something different out there. Turned out I was wrong. It instantly became my highest rated and mostly engaged piece of content ever.
When you let your inspiration through, you will surprise yourself. You’ll also stop taking the credit. A shift for me is that when I have inspiration and go into doubt, I give it up to God. (Whatever idea or word you use is fine.) The purpose is that It’s out of my hands. I don’t own the idea. We are simply the vessels who must allow it through.
You have no idea who needs what you’re meant to create. You’re only job is to get out of your own way, and be present and allow that energy out. The Truth of who You Are is so much greater than your petty doubts.
Step into your Greatness.
That is what these two practices will help you do. Both my Poem: Greatness is a Whisper.
And a guided practice: Let it Move Through You
Before I sign off, this concept of letting it move through you is two part. Just as we let our greatness move through, we must also let our darkness move through as well. The pain, the despair, the worry, the stress; are all part of the dance of duality.
Let it In. Let it Be. Let it Move Through You.
All darkness has a purpose. It's there to help you you grow into what you can’t see yet.
So what are you feeling: inspired or pained?
Can you let what chose you in, and let it Move through?
Please. We need You.
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